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Hearty Native with Healthful Fruit

This easy-to-grow native plant is loaded with black berries that ripen in late summer and can hang on the bush throughout winter. Berries are very high in antioxidants and are great used for wine, jam, baking and more. Highly ornamental shrub features white blooms and glossy green foliage. Grows 3-6 ft. in full sun to partial shade. Zones 4-8.



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  • Botanical Name: Aronia melanocarpa (Black Chokeberry)
  • Height: 3 - 5 feet
  • Spacing: 10 feet
  • Depth: Plant in the spring in sunny location. Place the plant in the hole at the same level it was grown by the nursery. This is where the roots start and the tops shoots begin. Spread the roots out evenly. Gently work the soil around the roots and do not pack the soil. Water plant thoroughly.
  • Spread: 3 - 10 feet
  • Light Required: Full sun to partial shade.
  • Foliage: Leaves emerge a medium green in the spring and turn a deep, glossy green into the summer months. Attractive red fall color.
  • Blooms: Early spring
  • Fruit: Mid to late summer purplish black 1/3 to 1/2 inch berry develop and stay on the plant into January for winter interest.
  • Zone: 3-8
  • Form: Upright, deciduous shrub.
  • Flower Form: Clustered white flowers borne in corymbs 2 to 2 1/2 inches across.
  • Soil Requirements: Prefers rich, moist, well-drained soil but does well in most any soil.
  • Growth Rate: Moderate growth rate.
  • Pruning: Remove root suckers to prevent colonial spread. Prune as needed in late winter.
  • Comments: Easy to grow native shrub is both an attractive addition to your landscape and a provider of 'super-fruit' berries. Attracts birds and wildlife. Attractive blooms, fruit and fall foliage. Aronia fruit is high in antioxidants and can be used in baking, juices, wines, preserves, jellies etc.

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